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Study: Doctors-in-training not prepared to recommend MMJ

Bart Schaneman  | September 19, 2017

The vast majority of medical students aren’t learning about the medicinal applications of marijuana, according to a new study.

Without doctors who are properly educated on how to recommend medical cannabis, business owners in states with MMJ programs could face bottlenecks in getting product to customers.

Washington University School of …

West Virginia seeks $2 million to start medical cannabis program

Bart Schaneman  | September 19, 2017

West Virginia regulators are anticipating the state will need about $2 million to launch its medical marijuana program.

State health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta told both the state Senate and the House of Delegates the program could potentially be funded through an “internal loan,” the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

The biggest …

Oregon’s marijuana regulatory agency faces state audit

Omar Sacirbey  | September 19, 2017

The Oregon Secretary of State plans to audit the state’s recreational marijuana regulatory agency and how the program enforces cannabis rules.

According to The Oregonian, the audit announcement precedes a Tuesday visit to Oregon by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who wrote to Gov. Kate Brown this summer expressing concerns …

Measures that could grow Detroit’s medical marijuana industry go to voters

John Schroyer  | September 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

Two local ballot measures to grow Detroit’s once-sizable medical marijuana industry have overcome significant legal hurdles and will now go before voters in November.

The proposed changes, if approved by voters, would likely result in a broadening of the MJ-related business opportunities in Michigan’s biggest city.

Maryland university cancels medical marijuana courses

John Schroyer  | September 18, 2017

The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has called off courses that had been scheduled for students planning careers in the medical marijuana field.

The college made the decision after “consulting with the Maryland attorney general’s office” and then decided to err on the side of caution because of marijuana’s ongoing status as …

LSU completes deal with medical marijuana producer

Kevin Huhn  | September 18, 2017

Louisiana State University has completed its contract with a company that will grow medical marijuana and expects production to begin as early as mid-2018.

The LSU AgCenter said in announcing the arrangement Monday that its new partner, Las Vegas-based GB Sciences, will start renovating its production facility immediately, The Advocate reported.

The …

Cannabis tech firm joins Boston Chamber of Commerce

Omar Sacirbey  | September 18, 2017

Weedmaps, a marijuana-focused tech company, has joined the Boston Chamber of Commerce and is finalizing a lease for an office that will house its sales and marketing team in the city’s pricey downtown.

The move suggests California-based Weedmaps is confident the Massachusetts market will be lucrative and gives the company an anchor …

Delaware eases PTSD patient access to medical marijuana

Omar Sacirbey  | September 18, 2017

Delaware’s four medical marijuana dispensaries could see an uptick in business thanks to a change in state law that makes it easier for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder to obtain MMJ.

Under the new law, PTSD patients can get a recommendation for medical cannabis from any licensed physician. Previously, PTSD patients had …

Chart: More growers, lower wholesale prices in Colorado’s recreational marijuana market

Eli McVey  | September 18, 2017

By Eli McVey

The Average Market Rate (AMR) for a pound of wholesale marijuana in Colorado’s recreational market has hit an all-time low, pushed down by the continuous flow of new cultivation facilities coming online, increased efficiency among existing growers and a rising number of outdoor grow operations.

Nevada Supreme Court halts cannabis distribution licensing

John Schroyer  | September 15, 2017

Nevada’s marijuana distribution court fight will last at least another few weeks.

On Friday, the Nevada state Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Department of Taxation from issuing any more marijuana distribution license, in a move that could extend supply chain problems for cannabis retailers in the short term. Oral arguments …

L.A. planners approve marijuana business zoning regulations

Omar Sacirbey  | September 15, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council Planning Commission approved an ordinance on Thursday that sets zoning regulations and land use guidelines for marijuana growers and retailers in the city.

The ordinance mandates that retail marijuana stores be located at least 800 feet from schools, parks, libraries, drug treatment facilities or other marijuana shops, …